Monthly Archives: December 2010

2011: Year of The Media App

By | December 27, 2010

This is my weekly Loose Wire Service column. By Jeremy Wagstaff I predict this year that we’ll settle on a way to make people pay for stuff they so far have proven reluctant to pay for—namely information. This won’t be done by pay walls, exactly, but by what we’re now calling apps. Apps are applications that people seem… Read More »

Facebook’s ‘Locality of Friendship’

By | December 14, 2010

This visualization by Facebook intern Paul Butler illustrates what he calls the locality of friendship. I was interested in seeing how geography and political borders affected where people lived relative to their friends. I wanted a visualization that would show which cities had a lot of friendships between them. It’s a magnificent effort and scores marks for beauty:… Read More »

Podcast: Truthiness

By | December 9, 2010

The BBC World Service Business Daily version of my piece on Truthiness.  (The Business Daily podcast is here.)   Loose Wireless 101208 To listen to Business Daily on the radio, tune into BBC World Service at the following times, or click here. Australasia: Mon-Fri 0141*, 0741  East Asia: Mon-Fri 0041, 1441  South Asia: Tue-Fri 0141*, Mon-Fri 0741  East Africa: Mon-Fri 1941  West Africa:… Read More »

Data, WikiLeaks and War

By | December 8, 2010

I’m not going to get into the rights and wrongs of the WikiLeaks thing. Nor am I going to look at the bigger implications for the balance of power between governed and governing, and between the U.S. and its allies and foes. Others have written much better than I can on these topics. I want to look at… Read More »

Singapore Details ‘Waves’ of Cyberattacks

By | December 5, 2010

Officials and delegates from APEC economies were targeted ahead of last year’s Singapore meeting with malware-laden emails faked so they appeared to have been sent by Singapore government officials on the Organising Committee. Singapore officials have said the attacks were not the first on the country. Although Singapore regularly highlights threats to national security—including Islamic terrorism—the admission that… Read More »